Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, September 02, 2005

Macpherson's "fearful breastbeating" "I’M glad your headline editor toned down the fearful breastbeating indulged in recently by Central Otago mayor Malcolm Macpherson (ODT, 29.9.05). It is quite alarming to read such unbecomingly emotive and factually incorrect language from a mayor on the front page of a reputable newspaper. The mayor’s friend, Trevor Grice, referred to in the article, also likes stirring people up with the same bunkum claims. Your headline was more accurate, though your reporter seems keen on the same tactics as Messrs Macpherson and Grice, ie. trying to scare parents with exaggeration, distortion and selective use of facts. The police were most definitely concerned about alcohol, the most dangerous substance inter-generationally used and abused by Kiwis, but Dr Macpherson had nothing to say about that.

Paula Lambert


[Abridged. Dr Macpherson also acknowledged alcohol was a problem— Ed.]

My comment - Paula Lambert was number 4 on the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party list in New Zealand's recent general election - she has a vested interest in encouraging use!"
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